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What are people saying about IsoBuster

Jon Koerner Can purchaser install this on multiple computers that he owns?

What is considered a "major" upgrade? i.e. this is 2.7. version. For which version would purchaser get free upgrades?
Jan 16 2010 at 11:16am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Jon,

A [Personal] license can be installed on multiple systems if you are the only person using them yes. This is different however when the software is used for professional / Business purposes. Then a license is tied to the computer as well.

All versions in the 2.x range will be free upgrades. That is still a good while to come. 2.7 was released very recently. Furthermore, if the upgrade to 3.x is not free, a hefty discount will be given to those upgrading, and you're free to keep using the final 2.x version for as long as you want as well. There is no upgrade pressure nor will your version stop working, It will be a final version that does what it says it does.
Smart Projects - Jan 16 2010 at 11:05pm Copy Link
frank kasperski Awesome.

I have been waiting for this program to come to Bitsdujour.

Can't wait until Saturday the 23rd gets here.
Jan 17 2010 at 8:35am Copy Link
Steve Newport Dear Peter,

I'm also very interested in your product. What I don't understand is: Do I have to buy this product only to get the Pro features (and all other features are free) or do I have to buy it to also to get the "normal" features. Are there other Pro features besides UDF support? Thanks.
Jan 17 2010 at 9:18am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Great to hear Frank.
Smart Projects - Jan 17 2010 at 10:03am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Steve,

This text will explain things better I think:

In short, IsoBuster features free and paid-for functionality. Certain features will only work in the registered (paid-for, and licence key entered) program.

UDF is in the range of the paid-for functionality, and so is HFS(+), FAT(12,16,32), Files found based on their signature, IFO/VOB etc.
On the other hand, ISO9660, Joliet, Rock Ridge, VCD etc. are and remain in the free range, and don't require a license. So if you only use those you never need a license.

To be honoust, the industry has been moving away from ISO9660/Joliet in favour of UDF for a couple of years now, so if not today, you probably will need it in the future.
Smart Projects - Jan 17 2010 at 10:10am Copy Link
Steve Newport Dear Steve,

I'm glad I've asked because I thought otherwise. I used UDF (Incd) for a while but it was too complicated and buggy for me and since I haven't heard much of it thought it wasn't used much anymore. (I have say that my knowledge about this stuff is very limited). Thanks for clearing this up.
Jan 17 2010 at 8:11pm Copy Link
Steve Newport Sorry for the wrong name:

Dear Peter of course! ;-)
Jan 17 2010 at 8:15pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Steve,

You're confusing two things. One is packet writing and the other is UDF.

InCD and DLA and Drag2Disc and ... several other competing apps are so called "Drag and Drop" apps that allow you to write to CD as if it were a big floppy. The underlying write technology is based on Packet Writing and that is not the most stable way of writing data to CD because of many reasons. Remember that CD was designed to hold audio, nothing else. Then they cleverly found ways to store data, but the whole track/session model was seriously put under pressure when they started to write in packets inside an open track. This is the sole reason why things go wrong so often with packet written discs. And because of that software goes wrong at certain stages too and it is often blamed injustly for the problem.

Now, the classical optical disc file systems (ISO9660 and derivatives) cannot handle incremental writing. The file-system is written at the start, next comes the data, so when data is added ... how can one change and ammend to the file-system.
That is why UDF was further developed to be THE file-system of choice for incremental (Packet) writing.

UDF however is not limited to packet written discs. It works perfectly on normally written discs too. It is in fact often a lighter version of it as it requires less fragmentation, rewriting of critical structures, faulty sector mapping etc.
And like said, the industry is using UDF more and more in favour of ISO9660 or derivatives. Just try IsoBuster in free mode on Microsoft released ISO files ... you'll notice that often they don't even have ISO9660 anymore, just UDF.
Smart Projects - Jan 18 2010 at 12:39am Copy Link
frank kasperski Hi,

Regarding licensing.

I plan to get a few copies; for both home and work.

I work in IT every day, so for use at work, I'll need one license per workstation.

My questions are:
1. If my computer at work loses it's hard drive, how hard is it to
get ISOBUSTER up and running after I replace the hard drive?

2. When I eventually upgrade from my current quad core , to an i5 or i7 core, I'll be getting a completely new motherboard and CPU.
Is it possible to move the workstation license to the new computer?

Thanks in advance.
Jan 18 2010 at 4:29pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Frank,

All those upgrades are not a problem at all.
Smart Projects - Jan 18 2010 at 11:08pm Copy Link
Steve Newport Dear Peter,

thank you for all the information. So far I've never UDF but you brought me to look into it. From your experience would you say it is better to use UDF for burning or are there situations were you would still prefer ISO? And from the ISOBUSTER standpoint: Is data on damaged disks easier to retrieve or recover from ISO or UDF disks or is there no difference? Thanks again

Also my burner is able to burn the Securdisc-Format. Is ISOBUSTER capable of this format and can also retrieve data from this (damaged) disks? I don't use the feature to password protect when I use this format.
Jan 18 2010 at 11:48pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Steve,

Either way is fine, ISO9660/Joliet or UDF. It doesn't make a difference, also not to IsoBuster in terms of data recovery.

Securdisc is not supported no, for obvious reasons, the format was designed such that other applications don't get access to the data. It is your own responsibility if you resort to proprietary methods to obscure your data. It's like buying the ultimate safe to store your goods, but wanting the specialists to still have access. Then what's the point of using the safe.
Smart Projects - Jan 19 2010 at 12:26am Copy Link
Steve Newport Dear Peter,

thanks again for the info about ISO and UDF. But as I wrote I don't use Securdisc with or because of Passwort protection but because of the Data Reliability and Integrity features. So again: Can Isobuster access this data if not passwort protected?

Here are the (for me) important points from:
beginning with 3.:

Security problem #3:
How do I retrieve data from damaged discs?

I want to be able to retrieve my files if a disc is accidentally damaged.

SecurDisc Solution: Data Reliability
After you've copied all your files onto a disc, SecurDisc uses the empty space to add redundant and checksum data. This significantly increases the chances of your files being retrieved, even if the disc itself is damaged.

Security problem #4:
How can I preserve my important data over time?

Knowing that discs decay over time or can be scratched, I want to ensure that the family photos and videos I record to CDs and DVDs are preserved for years to come and don't become unreadable.

SecurDisc Solution: Data Integrity Check
While nothing can prevent disc decay, SecurDisc can save your data by notifying you that it is in danger of being lost forever, giving you time to back it up to another disc.
Jan 19 2010 at 4:30am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Steve,

The normally accessible data is accessible to IsoBuster but if you resort to proprietary formats then you chain yourself to those proprietary tools to get you out of a pickle. In other words all that is accessible in normal ways and the normal optical disc file-systems etc. are supported but not formats or systems specifically designed with the intent of locking out access.
If the data is referenced by a normal file system (ISO / UDF / ...) then not a problem, but if there is a proprietary file-system in place that requires you to install a driver first then not. It would be readable, but not interpretable.
Smart Projects - Jan 19 2010 at 5:49am Copy Link
fran harter I notice that functionality appears to be limited to"repairs" on media discs and getting back data.

Can ISOBUSTER do any compiling of files, into an ISO?

Or is that something for products like MagicISO or PowerISO ?
Jan 20 2010 at 12:56pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Fran,

IsoBuster is not an ISO editor. Ripping ISOs off discs however is implemented functionality. Opening ISO or other images files is for the sake of being able to get the content out. Mind you, IsoBuster is probably the best app around to do exactly that ! Your swiss knife when it comes to opening image files. It is my intention btw. to devote considerable development time again on this for next version.
Smart Projects - Jan 20 2010 at 11:49pm Copy Link
Good Guy If you just want to create a .iso from a group of files, take a look at ImgBurn or ISO Recorder. Both products are freeware. ImgBurn has more features, but it's not for data recovery tasks.
Jan 22 2010 at 3:08am Copy Link
Jon Koerner Peter,
Thanks for all the replies here. I bought one personal license. Really useful software, and fair licensing policies. You should give marketing lessons to some of the other developers (unnamed) whose products appear here!
Jan 22 2010 at 6:43pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Jon,

No problem and Thanks !

Off to my Godchild's birthday party now ...

Smart Projects - Jan 23 2010 at 2:02am Copy Link
frank kaspersk Just an FYI, (for future sales on Bitsdujour)

It was a little cumbersome in ordering, due to the way the order form was operating.

1. To purchase both a business and a personal license, I had to do two separate transactions.

2. Also, neither the personal edition, nor the business edition allowed a buyer to change the quantity to anything other than 1.

Probably not a big deal on the personal edition, but the business edition is "1 license per computer".

There is a good chance that people would want to buy more than one copy of the business edition; if it was to be used in a "non-personal" (aka business/corporate) environment.
Jan 23 2010 at 5:23am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Frank,

The avangate store supports it ... so I went ahead and created a link for that purpose:
Smart Projects - Jan 23 2010 at 7:40am Copy Link
DrTeeth $14.95 = UK pounds 9.28
When trying to buy, it becomes UK pounds 12.45 before tax.
Deal's not on at that exchange rate.
Jan 23 2010 at 7:41am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Guy,

Change the currency to USD in the top right corner of the sales page.
Smart Projects - Jan 23 2010 at 8:38am Copy Link
Guy Simmons Dear Peter

Then I lose on the 'special' rates the CC companies have.
Jan 23 2010 at 8:47am Copy Link
Guy Simmons The rates on CC are not too bad surprisingly, ordering in USD.

Jan 23 2010 at 8:50am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hmmm ... normally you get the conversion of the day ?
Smart Projects - Jan 23 2010 at 8:51am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Something else ... I started a fan page on Facebook, more a bit of an experiment really.
For those who are on Facebook ... search for "IsoBuster" or this link should work: and become a fan ... the more the merrier.
Smart Projects - Jan 23 2010 at 9:06am Copy Link
Ron H Wow, Norton SONAR halted the install and removed the setup program I downloaded from your web site, noting it performed suspicious activity and was deemed high risk.
Jan 23 2010 at 3:21pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Ron,

I have read about many false positives in the software newsgroups lately. Norton clearly lost it.

I did two scans with 40+ virus scanners just to make sure. All is well:
Smart Projects - Jan 24 2010 at 12:03am Copy Link
Ron H Thanks. I'd seen this once before with another piece of software. Seems as though it's already been reported to Symantec.
Jan 24 2010 at 5:18am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Ron,

I reported it to Norton and got this reply back only a little while later: "We are writing in relation to your submission through Symantec's on-line False Positive Submission form in relation to the IsoBuster 2.7 software being detected by Symantec Software. In light of further investigation and analysis, Symantec is happy to remove this detection from within its products. The changes will be distributed in forthcoming updates to our definition sets. The availability and timing will depend upon the product version used."

Strange that the person on the forum is claiming I wouldn't help ? I got one email reporting a problem, I wrote back asking which virus scanner it was ... and never got a reply ... anyway the problem should go away fast now when people update their virus definitions.
Smart Projects - Jan 24 2010 at 5:40am Copy Link
disenchanted Does it have the ability to burn/create an ISO after it recovers one from a defective DVD?
Jul 19 2010 at 11:16am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Frank,

No it has not.
I focus entirely on the recovery part of the job and try to do that job well.  Creating and burning ISOs can be done by many houndreds of apps these days, many of them free, so I'm reluctant to invent the wheel again.

Smart Projects - Jul 20 2010 at 1:09am Copy Link
kevin lee Really interested, but I have 3 questions:

1. Can IsoBuster read isz image (

2. Can IsoBuster create isz image from a disc?

3. How does it compare to UltraIso (
Jun 21 2011 at 8:07am Copy Link
Gonzo I purchased IsoBuster some time ago (probably a little over a year) and have been a happy customer.
Since releases happen every once in a while and mostly minor versions, the upgrade policy is very convenient!

My license is still valid, since I purchased it already for 2.x.
If I buy the license during this promotion, will that count for 3.x versions? Or do I have to wait until 3.x is released?

Jun 21 2011 at 5:56pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Kevin,

isz images are not supported no. If the spec you provided is complete then it might get supported in a later version. Honoust as I am, it doesn't have the highest priority at the moment !!
However, I created functionality just for this type of support. Namely the so called plugins. A programmer could create a plugin that supports isz with some ease, so if you know somebody or want to do it yourself, let me know.

I can't compare IsoBuster to anything actually, because I don't watch the competition(*) like a hawk. What I have noticed however is that others often copy the new functionality that I implement. Many programs have copied the style and much of the functionality that IsoBuster provides.

(*)That said, I believe ultraiso is an image editor, whereas IsoBuster is data recovery !!! Hence I don't see it as competition at all. More complementary than competition.
Smart Projects - Jun 22 2011 at 2:34am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Gonzo,

Current licenses are still for the 2.x range. So no it won't work on 3.x.
3.x is not in the pipeline yet, there simply aren't 3.x license yet.

Upgrades will still be free in the 2.x range, upgrading to 3.x (when it arrives) will be with an upgrade fee (hefty discount on the full price of 3.x).

That said, your license is for ever, if you stick with a 2.x version it will work forever, it won't time out after a while. There isn't a forced upgrade either.

In your case Gonzo, I don't see a need to buy a license unless you want to sponsor me :-)
Smart Projects - Jun 22 2011 at 2:41am Copy Link
kevin lee Hi, thanks for the reply. I found izs while searching for a standard(widely-supported) compressed iso. It seems to be supported by daemon-tools as well. As a matter of fact, any other standard will do. (As long as it is future-proof).

Regarding ultraiso, you are right. It's more of an editor and it does not do data recovery.
Jun 23 2011 at 7:24am Copy Link
Staley Hello,
I am sold on this, except for a couple questions... does this software require an internet connection? Is online activation required, that is does the software "phone-home"?

Also can this license be easily transferred without contacting the vendor to another machine or is it tied to one machine... (I understand it can only be used on one machine at a time as most licenses restrict that.)

Is there a copy of the EULA or SLA we can review before purchase?
Jun 24 2011 at 1:29am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Staley,

Here's the eula, it will answer your questions I think:

You can install it on a PC without internet connection.

Best Regards,
Smart Projects - Jun 24 2011 at 3:04am Copy Link
Staley Thanks... this was very helpful, is there any chance of this changing with future versions (ie. 3.x)? I mean the addition of online activation, requiring a internet connection? I just ask because I don't want to be in a situation in which I legally licensed the software and then can't install it in the future if your servers go down or company ends the product line...
Jun 24 2011 at 3:22am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Staley,

No, no change is expected nor pondered upon.
Things will stay as they are.

Smart Projects - Jun 24 2011 at 3:37am Copy Link
Jun 24 2011 at 9:53am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Rob,

Do I understand correctly and do you want the product on CD ?
You can order the product on CD as well, at the normal price.

To do so, use these links instead:

[Personal license]

[Business license]
Smart Projects - Jun 24 2011 at 10:30am Copy Link
Robert De Vliegher Somehow I didn't get today's 'bitsdujour' in my I'm more than happy to get Isobuster .

I suppose we're allowed to use a beta version with the same reg on another machine?
Thanks/Bedankt Peter !
Jun 24 2011 at 3:05pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Robert,

You are, per the eula, see:

You're welcome Robert,
En prettig weekend.
Smart Projects - Jun 24 2011 at 3:28pm Copy Link
James Kenney Will this recover damaged Video DVDs.
Or will it just recover the VOB files that are undamaged.
Will it recover the readable data in a damaged VOB file?
If so, does it pad the recovered file so that it is readable as a VOB, or will you have to use some sort of extraction program to get the data out and turn it back into a proper VOB. In other words will the video play, with blank spots, or will it just error out?
Jun 24 2011 at 3:31pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear James,

What is ultimately readable will be read. There's no magic involved, if the hardware can't do it, the software (any software) won't be able to do it either.

VOB files are indeed null padded. A good video player won't have much issues with that, e.g. power DVD, and if not there are ways to "clean" the vob file so that it is playable.
Smart Projects - Jun 24 2011 at 4:34pm Copy Link
James Kenney Just clicked on buy and it wanted to know what version to buy.
What is the difference between the personal and business versions?
Is it just the licence or are there functional differences?
Jun 24 2011 at 4:51pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear James,

Good that you found it, here's the link anyway:
Smart Projects - Jun 24 2011 at 5:15pm Copy Link
Kevin Brown I like the software - it is among the best (if not the best one) for what it does, although CD/DVDs are not what they used to be and software like IsoBuster will not be needed in the long run. That said, the 10% discount offered is probably the lowest I have seen on this site. Why not 50%?
Aug 7 2011 at 11:12pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Kevin,

IsoBuster has been sold here, with 50% discount, a few times already. Last time was June 24. As always on BitsDuJour, special deals like that only feature one day, you have to keep an eye out for them.

Smart Projects - Aug 8 2011 at 1:17am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Kevin,

You'll notice on the top right that there is a "Special Offer" running for this product for 10%. This is different from our 24 hour deals as it's not featured on our homepage and there is no countdown timer.
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 8 2011 at 11:02am Copy Link
SoftCollector I have been waiting patiently for this one to come around - and I am glad to see it offered.

In a nutshell: There is simply nothing better out there (and at this price) when it comes to recovering data from a defective / hard to read optical media than IsoBuster. Most of its competitors have gone out of business or have passed into obscurity: Naltech (not so effective and largely unknown), CDCheck (great at what it does and to the extent it does it, but not developed any more), CDRoller (the closest rival, but somewhat inferior in my opinion), Infinadyne CD/DVD Inspector (excellent, but costs $649), etc.

That said I do have several questions I hope to receive answers to:

1. Is the best (most comprehensive) version offered at a discounted price here? Quite frankly, that is the version I am interested in, even if differences are ultimately not so great.

2. Is the software actively developed - new versions have been slow to come out over the years, and with optical media slowly, but surely leaving the battlefield, what lies ahead for IsoBuster?

Kind Regards,
Nov 21 2011 at 3:18am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel Is the ISO Buster license bound to a person (means I can install it on more than 1 of my private PCs) or based per computer?
Nov 21 2011 at 9:54am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ SoftCollector

The Personal and Business versions of IsoBuster will be available during this promotion.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 21 2011 at 9:55am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi SoftCollector,

Thanks for the kind words.

1. This is the latest and greatest version yes. In my opinion the best working version with most features.

2. Yes, certainly still actively developed but bare in mind that this is a one person thing, just me myself and I and I have had some personal setbacks AND some very positive things happen to me (such as the birth of a daughter, the building of and move to a new (bigger) house etc.)
AND because I feel that 2.8.5 is working very well and does what it is supposed to do there hasn't been much need for a new version, and one can only add so many new features.

Shoot an email to support (me) and you tend to get response the same day (so I'm certainly working).

That said, I am now stuck in a dodgy hotel with crappy internet connection after my flight back home got cancelled (I attended a conference). So response is sluggist and I HOPE I get back home some time tomorrow.
Smart Projects - Nov 21 2011 at 12:28pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Bertie,

If you buy the personal version you can install it on as many PCs as you wish PROVIDED you are the only person using those PCs.

In other words, the license is for YOU and if you use two or three or ... PCs then you can use it on those PCs.

Also FYI:
Smart Projects - Nov 21 2011 at 12:33pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster SoftCollector,

What I forgot to mention. I'm working on the next release and I was intending to release before the end of the year but I have to be realistic and I'm now shooting for the end of Jan., beginning of Feb.

Think flash drives, media cards and the lot ;-)
Smart Projects - Nov 21 2011 at 12:34pm Copy Link
SoftCollector Dear Peter,

Thank you for your prompt response.

Congratulations for your daughter! It never fails to amaze me that some of the best software titles today are the product of a team of one!

I bought Process Lasso yesterday - a top notch title at what it does - and negotiated directly with its developer - the guy is improving it, taking care of the website, the works - and most importantly: manages to keep it on top of the world.

I have kept an eye on IsoBuster for many years now (having initially read about it in a magazine) and since I was very interested in software that could get the data our of a defective disk (I have collected DVD movies for years), I tested most or all of the available titles, but I came coming back to IsoBuster.

Of course, if a CD or DVD starts giving you hard time the best thing to do is to throw it away :), but if you have to try, IsoBuster is probably your best choice.

Realistically speaking I do not often need to recover defective CDs these days, but I will buy IsoBuster nevertheless: firstly, out of respect for your work, and secondly, because its development is also part of me now, as I have known of it and followed it for so many years, that it has become part of my personal history as well.

By the way - a great idea to also include flash cards, as this seems to be the direction in which storage solutions will evolve.

Kind Regards,
Nov 21 2011 at 2:00pm Copy Link
Derpina @ Peter Van Hove

Wow, I wish more companies would have licensing like that. I salute you for your generosity. Some would have asked for more money to be able to use it that way.

Will consider buying this, I have lots of scratched discs and would love to see if there is anything that can be saved from them.
Nov 21 2011 at 2:09pm Copy Link
Lupke Brother Hi Peter,

Will the next jan/feb release will be a free update for BDJ buyers?
Or is this a minor and not a major release?
Nov 22 2011 at 5:13am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks SC and Derpina.

Derpina, remember that ultimately the hardware has to be able to read the disc(s), there is no magic involved. Hardware is often the weak link. So hardware defects (scratches) are always a risk. But of course IsoBuster still remains your best bet. My best advice in such cases is also to try a few more drives because not all drives behave the same on troublesome media and some may still be able to read what your current drive cannot.

Lupke, it will be a paid upgrade. Going to the 3.x range. The huge changes to the program and of course the resulting added functionality warant a jump to the next major version range. I do have to live from this, so I need to renew a fraction of the existing customer base from time to time. But then the last time that happened was in 2006, so it's still not like other programs that do it almost yearly. There also won't be forced upgrades. If somebody wants to stick with a 2.x version then (s)he is welcome to do that forever. Existing customers will get a nice disount if they want to go to 3.x. People buying here during the BDJ deal will be lucky lucky lucky again ... because they will receive a free upgrade to the 3.x range.
Smart Projects - Nov 22 2011 at 10:23am Copy Link
Lupke Brother Hello Peter,

Much appreciated by all of us! Great service!

Have posted this deal in all social media in the Netherlands, so I hope you'll sell a lot.
Nov 22 2011 at 11:14am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Lupke,


Don't post too much, this is practically a give-a-way.
Still need to make some money from people paying full price :-)

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Smart Projects - Nov 23 2011 at 4:34am Copy Link
Az Wiz Hi Peter,
Have been using various versions of IsoBuster over the years, so looking forward to the latest & greatist. Any idea when this will be offered? I don't always check my email everyday.

One other thing. Your comments about scratches on CDs kind of conflicts with an item listed under product "Features".
ie: "Store your precious memories on optical discs without fear of breakage or scratching."

Care to comment?
Nov 23 2011 at 11:24pm Copy Link
Albert C. I have a valid license for 2.x that I bought some years ago and today I'll get this deal as it ensures me a free pass for 3.x! ;)

Just one question: is IsoBuster supposed to check CD à la CDCheck? I mean, can it tell you if a CD or DVD is good from start to end? Or even compare it to its original image file? Thanks and congrats on your daughter and great work! ^_^
Nov 24 2011 at 3:18am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Az,

See earlier in this thread. I expect to release the new version in the beginning of next year. I intended to do it before the end of this year but ... time is not my side this year :)

I have to look at the features list then ? On my site ? I doubt it to be honoust ?

However, IsoBuster often DOES help in case of scratches, it's just that if the hardware ultimately can't read it, software (any software) can't do it either.
Smart Projects - Nov 24 2011 at 4:16am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Albert,

You would have been able to upgrade with a discount as well, but good for you.

There are several checks available yes. Just a simple check from start to end: à la CDCheck I suppose (although I have to admit that I've never tested CDCheck to see what it does exactly). Afterwards any files that are listed and are located in unreadable areas will be marked with a red X.

You could also do a scan for missing files and folders. That ensures the full disc to be read as well. Again all files and folders that are then found to be unreadable will be marked with a red X. You can do several extra tests on that as well, see:
Also check out:

There is no compare function to compare with image files no.
Smart Projects - Nov 24 2011 at 4:27am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster AW,

Now I see what you mean with what is listed under "features". It was not written by myself but by BDJ. I appreciate their blind trust but with all things in life there is some common sense to be taken in account. You still need to take care of your material. Don't go discus throwing with your discs because you happen to have a license to IsoBuster. IsoBuster goes deep, but if you put a few pieces of disc in a drive and the drive says "duh" then software can't do better, for obvious reasons. The drive is afterall still doing the reading on the disc.
Smart Projects - Nov 24 2011 at 4:39am Copy Link
SoftCollector Dear Peter,

1. If this is not too much to ask - how will the difference between the Pro (Personal) and Pro (Business) version be developed with v3 of the software (to be released soon)? I was looking at the current differences and just wondering how those will be developed in v3?

2. For everyone else who might be wondering which version to get, here is the comparison link:

3. To address some of the queries above (with what I believe to be true, mind you):

3.1. CDCheck and IsoBuster are not identical. CDCheck is great for checking the readability of a CD/DVD - that is what it does and it does it quickly and reliably (but as reliably as your DVD reader/writer can provide, as Peter pointed out). IsoBuster is a complex software to recover data from a scratched optical media - to the extent to which your DVD device can access it - this is important to remember.

3.2. As far as comparing goes, the best choice would be to use the option of your DVD writing software (for example Nero), or if is a 1:1 copy - use CDCheck or any of the file/folder comparing utilities - for example ViceVersa.

I hope this helps.

Kind Regards,
Nov 24 2011 at 5:12am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear SC,

1. The thinking remains the same. What I put in a [Business] version only, should only be interesting to professional users, not for every day users (even power users).
Businesses that don't require the special functionality are still requested to buy a [Business] license.
To be honoust I haven't given this much thought yet. At the moment I don't see anything new I should limit to [Business] users. On the other hand, showing the extents for instance still remains a [Business] feature, whether this is on CD or a USB stick. So similar functionality, but then on different media, still stays in the same category of support, if that make sense.
Smart Projects - Nov 24 2011 at 5:36am Copy Link
SoftCollector Dear Peter,

This is somewhat of a difficult choice... As a rule of thumb I always buy the extended functionality as I would hate to need it and not have it at a certain point in the future. The strongest advantage of the personal version though is the license which would allow for several installations, and the lower price (not most important with me personally).

If I have to be honest, I would rather have a license with the following features (maybe you can consider this as an option for a future change of the licensing policy):

1. Have the full (extended) functionality, even if I do not need it every day.
2. Be able to install on a second/third computer, maybe paying a little extra ($10 per additional license) - the way some software vendors handle it, but not having to pay the full price two or three times.
3. At any rate - erase the differences between Personal and Business with regards to functionality. I mean, is it really necessary to have two versions? Then prospective customers always wonder what those are, look for information on the site, sometimes cannot find it, etc. Also, if the Business version costs 40-50% more, then the thinking should generally be that it also offers 40-50% more, which would be difficult to achieve with IsoBuster, as you said yourself.
4. Erase the differences between Personal and Business with regards to licensing. I, for example, have a company with only one person working in it - me. I would rather have the invoice issued in my company's name (and get 10% back in tax rebates), but otherwise take advantage of the several installations, coming with the Personal license - I will be the only one using the software anyway. There are a lot of professions like mine and in the future even more people will work like this - freelancers, from their homes. The way I understand things - you are one of these people as well :)

Kind Regards,
Nov 24 2011 at 6:36am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi SC,

Food for thought !

But as far as tax issues go ... why not buy the personal version for yourself, yet still on your business ?
I'm sure the tax man will never find out this was a personal buy on company money.

And ... 10% ... ? You lucky b#st#rd ;)
I live in the third most expensive country in the world (tax wise). 10% is a wet dream to me.
Image what I retain from these sales. 50% discount to you, X% to BDJ, Y% to the payment processor, 35% to the government if i keep it in my business or 55% if I pay it to myself (to live from, except that on 'everything' I then pay another 21% VAT) ... not too much left there ... :(
Smart Projects - Nov 24 2011 at 6:48am Copy Link
SoftCollector Peter,

I have just placed an order for the Business Pro version, The code and invoice have been received.

Good luck to you in further developing IsoBuster - I would like to see the software evolve with new media recovery and testing options (good USB flash drive recovery and testing programs can be counted on the fingers of one hand), and become even more popular and successful in the future.

Kind Regards,
Nov 24 2011 at 1:36pm Copy Link
B Josephs Thanks Peter and BDJ for another great deal!

I would like to point out that during installation there is an option to "suggest suitable software for unsupported file formats". Apparently, this installs a program "Smart File Advisor 1.1.1" that hooks up with .
Peter - are you the developer of this program? Can I trust it the same way I trust your own IsoBuster?
I would have liked a better explanation as to that option so I know and understand what I am installing on my system...
Nov 24 2011 at 2:56pm Copy Link
VLM Hi Peter,

I'm another who has waited long for a promotion such as this, and the upgrade to version 3 seals the deal for sure. Great responses throughout the day.

Just one minor point ... the order entry process works fine, except that it does not seem to allow one to order multiple licenses (that is, change the order quantity to anything other than "1"). I'm placing multiple orders, no problem, just a bit kludgy and thought you'd like to know.

Does anybody know the correct spelling of kludgy? :):)
Nov 24 2011 at 8:14pm Copy Link
Michael R. Supposing I have two (or more) DVDs a certain (large) file is stored on. Unfortunately on every file is a (hardware-)reading error, but fortunately it's always at another position.

Would IsoBuster be able to combine these partially readable files to a single correct one?

E.g. on DVD1 block 1 and 2 couldn't be read. Iso Buster tries it and could remember which blocks were unable to read. On DVD2 block 3 is defect. Now IsoBuster could take readable block 1 and 2 from DVD2 and combine it with readable block 3 of DVD1 and create a file which is completely readable.

If this is not possible with v2, will it be (considered) for v3?
Nov 24 2011 at 9:07pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks SC !

Dear B Josephs,

Good point. It is something to be improved on in 3.x. A better explanation in the installer. I know the people behind it personally, which is why I decided to bundle it (on their request BUT I actually like it, I think it has added value).

Dear Michael,

IsoBuster does exactly that !!
Look into managed image files. Create an IBP/IBQ image file of the disc, put in the other DVD, load the IBP file and let IsoBuster complete the image from the second disc !
More on that here:
Smart Projects - Nov 24 2011 at 10:40pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Due to the overwhelming response Smart Projects has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 25 2011 at 12:00am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Whoohoo. I am too kind ;-)
Smart Projects - Nov 25 2011 at 1:03am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi VLM,

I missed your post earlier. Just spotted it, sorry for that.

The interface is from BDJ, the ecommerce provider behind it does not have this limitation.

It's the nature of the game. When vendors are this generous the intention is to allow for one license per person, not several licenses per person. Also to avoid reselling which is definitely not allowed.
Smart Projects - Nov 25 2011 at 1:10am Copy Link
Gonzo To anyone considering this app: BUY IT!
I got it (IIRC) in a previous BDJ promotion, afterusing the free version for years.
Trust me, it's worth every cent (be it BDJ or regular full price) even if you do note use many of its features.
This is a MUST HAVE for anyone working with CD(r, rw), DVD(+- r, rw) and CD/DVD Images on a regular basis.

Thanks Peter for such a great app!!!
PS: Can you recommend a good brand/model of DVD writer that does a good job at reading discs (especially those discs that have not a single scratch yet they refuse to be read - probably low quality media)
Nov 25 2011 at 5:26am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks Gonzo,

As for the drive ... I can't really recommend anything no. My drives are all older ones and things move so fast, the current drives are all on different chip-sets, optical units etc. Plus bare in mind that these days drive manufacturers use diifferent sources for key components in the drives of the same make and brand. Things have matured so much that it is possible to have two indentical looking drives with different internal components. Firmware is also still important as well to be able to compare apples with apples. And even if you consider identical hardware, then you can still have drives that work on the good or bad end of the spectrum. Key is to produce drives that perform within specifications, but marginal media often falls outside the specifications, and then it's the question whether your hardware can deal with that or not. There is considerable variability possible in the optical world. A hard drive is tuned and calibrated to the hardware that houses it. With CDs and DVDs that is not possible. And I can keep going on about this ..
Smart Projects - Nov 25 2011 at 5:48am Copy Link
Mike Peter:

Is there any difference from a personal standpoint on the 2 versions. Is the business version better?

Nov 25 2011 at 8:18am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Mike,

Thhe [Business] version is not better, just contains more features and is aimed at professionals.
Smart Projects - Nov 25 2011 at 9:27am Copy Link
VLM Peter, I don't wish to resell the license, I wish to give it as a gift. :)

This works with Blu-Ray, yes?

This has nothing to do with removing encryption, correct?
Nov 25 2011 at 10:55am Copy Link
Michael R. Peter, thanks for the positive answer above.

Another question/suggestion:

Because in my experience it turned out that DVDs are quite unreliable for storing datas over the years, I now copy important data to harddisks. Unfortunately copying a lot of files, e.g. pictures is sooo time consuming. So my idea was, copying the complete DVD to an ISO-file to the harddisk and extracting the files from there to the harddisk.

Unfortunately with my tools creating an ISO-file fails if the DVD has a single read-error.

Can IsoBuster help me to create an ISO file, even if the DVD is partially defect or will this be possible in the new v3? Or can you recommend a tool which is able to create an ISO-file (or another container-file), even if the DVD is partially defect and with which IsoBuster can work together...?
Nov 25 2011 at 3:36pm Copy Link
Fletch "Existing customers will get a nice discount if they want to go to 3.x. People buying here during the BDJ deal will be lucky lucky lucky again"

Will this existing customer discount be equal to or better than the BDJ deal? If not, then existing customers should buy here, now, right?
Nov 25 2011 at 6:25pm Copy Link
Gonzo Thanks for the quick and detailed reply.
To be honest, that's what I thought... which indeed sucks...
I have some discs which can be partially read by most drives I try them on, but then again, these are mostly notebook drives, which I'm sure are less reliable than desktop drives.
I have yet to try creating a managed image, which I read about from a link you posted here; hopefully that'll work :)
Nov 25 2011 at 6:45pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber BDJ-Policy says: 'Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version, for versions after that upgrades will require additional payment which will be discounted'

With the current version 2.x, I do interpret this 'will be free up to the next major version' as v3.x is free too


'for version after that...' that versions after version 3 (i,.e. version 4,...) will cost again, i.e. 'after that' means 'after next major version' means 'after version 3'.

So, do I misinterpret this BDJ-policy-term?
Nov 25 2011 at 7:56pm Copy Link
Fletch I would interpret that as up to but not including the next major version. That's the typical policy.

Some above are expecting 3.x free with the BDJ purchase. Peter was not explicit on what lucky, lucky, lucky BDJ purchasers meant.
Nov 25 2011 at 9:17pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster VLM,
BD is supported yes ! No, no illegal things are done. The encryption is not circumvented.

IsoBuster should be able to help yes. You can replace erronous sectors with 0 (zero) data preferably.

I can't say for sure yet but it surely won't be a better deal than this one, that's for sure.

success !!

You interpret wrongly. It means that all upgrades *in* the same version range are free. So when going from 2.8 to 2.9 for instance, but not when going to 3.x
That said, I promissed a free upgrade to 3.x for people buying here today (and yesterday). So from 3.0 to 3.xx.
I hope this explains it ?
Smart Projects - Nov 25 2011 at 10:18pm Copy Link
Dave Durant Miffed that I just got back from being away to see I missed this. I've been wanting Isobuster for years but please do deal again when new version is ready.
Nov 28 2011 at 2:23pm Copy Link
Yudha Yan Kusuma Version 3 released today.
Mar 29 2012 at 6:31am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Correct !

And I'm currently installing your free upgrade.
But give me another 20 minutes or so ...

I'm over my head right now ...
"Busy" is an understatement.
Smart Projects - Mar 29 2012 at 7:04am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi boys and girls. I promissed a free upgrade to all those buying this BDJ offer. And I'm obviously going to honour that !

Problem, my video card blew up a few hours ago and I'm just now back in the running. Still on my laptop but working in Safe mode and looking at a blurry screen. I need to fix this before I can do some serious work again. But it's night now.

The coupons installed for your purchase is still wrong. You can try but it will give you a 30% discount, not a 100% discount. For the anxious ones ... I'm not stopping you to buy with a 30% discount but if not I have to ask to please be patient a little while longer.

Thanks for your support !!
Smart Projects - Mar 29 2012 at 1:01pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Whoohoo. Coupon installed. Check it here:
Smart Projects - Mar 30 2012 at 8:35am Copy Link
wts Peter, thanks for the free upgrade!

If anyone has trouble getting their new ID & Key, here is how I successfully did it: Clink the upgrade link in Peter's email above, then click on the link in option 2 (manual upgrade). It will bring you to a page that asks for your email address and old ID. After you click "Create Coupon", you will be brought to the store. Select the version you own. At some point, you will automatically be given a promotion item "BDJ 100% PROFESSIONAL" that credits you the amount of your selected version for a zero balance (before the cost of whatever else you select). Upon concluding this "purchase", you will see a screen with your new ID & Key and will also receive several emails, one of which contains your new ID & Key.
Apr 23 2012 at 6:54am Copy Link
Harald Vogel Thanks for offering this. I will definitvely get my copy but I don't know which version for private use I should choose. Do I need the Business Version features and especially can you explain what "Close inspection, Extraction etc. of individual extents of a file (files consisting of more than one piece)" means?

Also if I buy the Personal version will I be able to upgrade to Business if needed?
Nov 27 2012 at 1:43am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Harald,

My guess is that the Personal version is more than enough for you. The professional version is for companies and people who want a bit more.

A file can be fragmented. So not on blocks x to x+y (where y is the amount of blocks the file needs) but chopped up and scattered over the disc. Those different pieces are called extents.
When you extract a file with IsoBuster, all that is done in the background but the Professional version gives you the chance to inspect those different extents, extract them individually etc.

Yes you can upgrade to the Professional version but you need to email me then for me to get you a proper link etc.

Smart Projects - Nov 27 2012 at 3:12am Copy Link
Exolon Miner Hi Peter,

may I install one IsoBuster PRO - Business license on 2 computers (office and home) or do I need 2 licenses?


Nov 28 2012 at 12:05am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Exo, then you need two licenses. See:
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 2:57am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi all,

I would like to get some extra Facebook likes. Please consider 'liking' my facebook page:

Thanks !!
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 2:58am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster I should point out that the description above is a bit outdated.

IsoBuster now also supports the recovery from USB Flash drives / cards, Hard drives, floppy, diskette, zip, jaz., SSD etc.
An older description was re-used and I failed to point that out to the good people of BDJ.

Also interesting to know is that there's a new version coming. A key you buy now will obviously also work on that version (and all coming 3.x versions btw.).

But please check out the beta:
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 5:43am Copy Link
Don Versluys I notice that recovery from hard drives is now supported.
Is this capable for both FAT and NTFS formatted hard drives?
Nov 28 2012 at 6:38am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Don,

Short answer: Yes !

And UDF and HFS as well btw.

Like IsoBuster on FaceBook:
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 6:44am Copy Link
Allan Winston I am running Moziila Firefox version 17 on Windows 7. When I click on Buy Now, I get a popup window. When I click on the the option to buy the personal version, absolutely nothing happens. I even disabled by ad-blocker addon.

To circumvent this problem, I copied the URL over to an Internet Explorer version 9 tab and the ordering process went off without a hitch.

I have ordered a number of BitsduJour items on Mozilla Firefox before without encountering this bug
Nov 28 2012 at 9:33am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Alan,

I'm using FF 16.02 and have no problem.

I assume you mean the Buy button on this page ? Not that I can do anything about it, this is for BDJ people. But if there is a problem it may be the new FF then ?

Like IsoBuster on FaceBook:
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 9:37am Copy Link
Allan Winston Peter, it was the Buy Now button on the right side of this page, towards the top.
My experience with FF is that it now updates to the latest version without even asking for your permission.

Well, I just tried it again in FF 17 and this time it did bring up the window.

Consider this problem closed.
Nov 28 2012 at 9:44am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Allan,

Indeed, I noticed FF downloading the latest as well. If I close FF now, and start it again, I bet it will update to 17.

I'll check it out but as you mention, it probably was a glitch.

Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 11:07am Copy Link
Alexander Deliyannis Hi, two questions:

- Can ISObuster work with audio CDs too?
- Can ISObuster identify files or songs even if the centre area of the CD has been physically damaged? If I understand correctly that's where the CD keeps information about where the files/songs are located.
Nov 28 2012 at 2:35pm Copy Link
J Scott Fantastic deal, thanks for offering both versions. Had always meant to buy this but never could quite justify the price, but just jumped on the Business license for a spectacular deal.
Nov 28 2012 at 3:12pm Copy Link
M M Why vendors are so shy about clearly stating the version of the software they sell?
Could you please clarify if this is a version 2.x or 3.0 is already available?
Nov 28 2012 at 3:46pm Copy Link
PortablesFan @ M M -
March 28, 2012, ver. 3.0 released;
November 27, 2012, beta of ver. 3.1 released.

I wouldn't really say he's shy about it, especially as he says on his site about 3.0, "I hope it excites you as much as it excites me." It seems more like an oversight somewhere along the way on today's description (which he's already stated above is just an old one that for some reason got re-used).

I got IsoBuster a while back on BdJ when it WAS 2.x, and today have bought a license for 3.x as well. Recommended, and sometimes a life-saver!
Nov 28 2012 at 3:57pm Copy Link
M M I say "shy" because I am the owner of 2.x license, and wanted to check if I need to buy the upgrade or not.
This page - no version number, version selection after clicking on Buy - nope. Home page of the vendor - no luck. Buy page - neither. Download page - on the first visit I did not spot the very small font, pale ink down the page, only now when I was double checking. I looked for Release Notes link - still no luck. etc.
And this is not the first time it happens...
If Peter wants to sell to existing customers, he should be advertising it much, much more, in my opinion. (Good luck, Peter!)

Anyway, I am going to grab the second license now!
Nov 28 2012 at 5:21pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Alexander,

Sure, audio CDs are supported.

The TOC is indeed written in the most inner rings of the CD. There is no magic involved. If the hardware can't read it, software, any software, won't be able to read it either. But the success rate is high, due to retries, alternative methods etc.

Thanks J Scott


Not shy at all ?
Maybe you should simply check the website !?
The current version is 3.0, the key on sale is for 3.x (so all 3.x versions)


Thanks for clarifying. I should read newer messages before I read older ones ... I will never learn :)

Cheers all.
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 5:26pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi MM,

I did send out emails, pointing to the upgrade page.
It's on the home page too (Latest news) But ok, fair enough. No problem.

Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 5:32pm Copy Link
M M I need full functionality, but for personal use only.
Can I buy Business license and use it in personal mode (i.e. install also on my second computer without uninstalling from the first one, provided I use only one a time?).
I checked both EULA and License models, and I believe it is ok (as the purpose matters, not the license type), but not 100% sure.
Nov 28 2012 at 5:40pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi MM,

Provided this is for personal, not business related, use, then yes, that is allowed.
Smart Projects - Nov 28 2012 at 5:43pm Copy Link
J Scott I'm confused about M M's question-- does a Business license allow it to be installed on 2 PCs? (as long as it's only in use on one at a time?) I'm also a personal user who just wants the functionality of Business.
Nov 28 2012 at 7:08pm Copy Link
Rick Truell Allan Winston: "My experience with FF is that it now updates to the latest version without even asking for your permission."

I'm still running FF 15 so I don't know if it's changed in 16 or 17, but at Tools-Options-Advanced-Update, there should be options to prevent FF from doing that. Considering how often upgrading FF breaks add-ons, creating a "silent update" mode was one of the stupidest things they've ever done :-(
Nov 28 2012 at 8:25pm Copy Link
StrayCat Had to use IE too to get the deal and somehow even then that page at Avangate took ages to load..
Thanks for offering the new version of Isobuster.
Bedankt Peter.
Nov 28 2012 at 9:36pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Don Versluys
Thank you for asking that question. I had dismissed this earlier, thinking it was only for optical media.
In the process of purchasing now, hoping to beat the clock!! :O

Nov 28 2012 at 11:58pm Copy Link
J S #M M Perhaps You should write to the Bitsdujour Moderator and ask for the version information to be clearly indicated somewhere near the Platforms information in the top right blue coloured "Buy Now" box.

I did and nothing has changed so if more and more of use ask then perhaps change may come.

Seeing what the version the software is currently at on the Bitsdujour webpage, sure would save a lot of time - but perhaps the moderator wants Bits followers to go to the vendors website(s) to get this sort of information
Nov 28 2012 at 11:59pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Smart Projects has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 29 2012 at 12:11am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @J Scott

If you meet the conditions of personal use, but you prefer the Professional version, then it is OK to have only one key for both PCs that only you use.
Smart Projects - Nov 29 2012 at 3:04am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Oh ... and did I mention this already ...

Like IsoBuster on FaceBook:

Smart Projects - Nov 29 2012 at 3:05am Copy Link
Rickard G LOL
Just after I upgraded to the newer version (at a 30% discount) I find that BitsDuJour runs a much better deal...
Oh the irony of fate.
Nov 30 2012 at 8:43am Copy Link
Alberto Castillo Free lifetime upgrades?
According to this it seems a yes:

You get free upgrades in the 3.x (major version) range if you purchase a license!
If you have an older license for IsoBuster 2.x., please read about our upgrade policy -
because you are entitled to a 30% discount, if you renew your IsoBuster license NOW.
May 6 2013 at 2:19am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi,

No, free upgrades in the 3.x major version range !

For instance, upcoming 3.2 (to be released this week most likely) is a FREE upgrade.

Going to 4.x (not due the first few years) will be a paid upgrade but NOT a forced upgrade. As in you can stick to the version you like, *for ever*.
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 2:38am Copy Link
Frank Stephens Can IsoBuster recover data from high capacity (currently 3 & 4 TB) drives?
May 6 2013 at 7:17am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Frank,

Formatted differently in what way ? I see no problem with that, if formatted with one of the supported file systems (ExFAT, NTFS, FAT, UDF)

However, there is a limitation currently to 1 TB for addressing reasons. That's something for a future version (this major version range). It's a huge rewrite.
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 8:00am Copy Link
VLM What are UDF and NTFS named streams? I ask, because there are two of the features that distinguish the business license from the personal. (I think it's the use of "named streams" that I don't understand. :)

Long-time IsoBuster user, GREAT program, very good and timely support always.
May 6 2013 at 8:23am Copy Link
Software Babe I have a 3TB USB Seagate external drive that just died on me. It had all my music on it. (Luckily, I had a zipped backup file.) However, there were a few new files that I didn't have a chance to back up and I would like to restore those. WILL YOUR PRODUCT allow me to do this?

May 6 2013 at 8:23am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks VLM !

Does this help: ?

Basically every NTFS file or folder can have 'hidden' files associated to that file or folder. You don't know they're there, but they are. Not very practical but you can for instance have a 1 byte file (seemingly) that has a named stream associated with it of 1 GB and you don't even know about it. If you copy the file to another NTFS volume, you copy the stream. if you copy the file to a file system that doesn't know the concept of named streams (for instance FAT) then you loose the stream.
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 8:31am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Babe, I can't guarantee anything stored over the 1 TB boundary at the moment. Everything below it should not be a problem.
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 8:32am Copy Link
VLM Work on GPT hard drives?
May 6 2013 at 9:04am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Yup, GPT is supported !!
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 11:19am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Newcomers ... make sure to like IB's FB page: :-)
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 11:50am Copy Link
VLM Peter - So is it correct to say that you support GPT drives, but only partitions up to 1 TB?
May 6 2013 at 12:34pm Copy Link
Gde Swart Excellent software. Worth every penny at $40 IMO (Has saved me more than once). $20 is fantastic. Thanks Smart Projects and BDJ!
May 6 2013 at 3:39pm Copy Link
barney Barnes Mayhap I've missed it, but I've not seen any data on whether it's licensed per user or per machine. This is make or break for me.
May 6 2013 at 4:59pm Copy Link
Frank Stephens Software Babe, I have Seagate 3 TB USB 3.0 drives that have failed for various reasons (among other brands and capacities). So far, I haven't had much luck recovering, but I haven't tried all possibilities. Recuva now supports them, try that. I also have LSoft Active File Recovery Professional, it supports them to some extent. It depends on the cause of the failure. If the drive doesn't show up in Windows, you're probably screwed. The controllers plug into the base, you can swap them out with identical controllers.

Peter Van Hove, 3 TB and higher drives aren't normal, you can't take them out of their cases and read them. Microsoft allows external drive controllers to play games that Windows doesn't allow internally, that's why they will work on versions of Windows that don't support those capacities.
May 6 2013 at 10:13pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks Gde !

Barney, see:
Smart Projects - May 6 2013 at 11:01pm Copy Link
VLM Barney Barnes - From prior conversation at Nov 21 2011 at 12:33pm:

If you buy the personal version you can install it on as many PCs as you wish PROVIDED you are the only person using those PCs.

In other words, the license is for YOU and if you use two or three or ... PCs then you can use it on those PCs.

Also FYI:
May 6 2013 at 11:15pm Copy Link
M M Is this able to work on hard drives in camcorders?

My wife bought a JVC camcorder and when I was copying the data from the hard drive to a group of DVD's and it crashed before I could copy it all.

I am afraid it may be proprietary and this won't work.

Anyone know?
May 6 2013 at 11:15pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster MM,

It depends on the type of formatting (FAT, NTFS, ...)
but recognition based on file-signatures works independently from file systems and should always yield to results.

Try in free mode to see if it finds the data !
Smart Projects - May 7 2013 at 12:03am Copy Link
Gonzo As others did, I'd like to recommend this to everyone that regularly works with CD/DVD Image formats as well as physical discs (CD/DVD).
I have an old license (up to v2.85) and don't really need the new features at the moment, but will definitely upgrade in the near future.

Keep up the great work Peter!!!
May 7 2013 at 3:02am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks Gonzo !
Smart Projects - May 7 2013 at 3:51am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster VLM, I missed your earlier question (did not see it) about Named streams. I don't think that we should go so deep on technical matters in this thread. Feel free to email me and I'll reply (as I always do). But to answer anyway, it's useful for investigators.
Smart Projects - May 7 2013 at 4:27am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster VLM, now I also saw your Truecrypt question. IsoBuster works below Truecrypt, on a raw drive level, and hence will see only encrypted data that it cannot do anything with.
Smart Projects - May 7 2013 at 4:29am Copy Link
TAPTRONIC This is a no-brainer purchase!
May 7 2013 at 8:14am Copy Link
VLM Thanks Peter. Also this one: Is it correct to say that you support GPT drives, but only partitions up to 1 TB?
May 8 2013 at 12:24am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster VLM, correct. I thought that was made clear already a few times in this thread. But to get technical anyway then, the latter is relative. It is limited to how many blocks can be addressed with a DWORD. If the drive exposes 4096 bytes per block rather than 512 bytes then IB can easily work with up to 8 TB drives. The latter (512 bytes) is mostly the case however. But as I also explained, this is on the wish list for this major version range (next version probably), hence a free upgrade, and hence not getting this very good deal may mean missing out on that feature in the future (at this price).
Smart Projects - May 8 2013 at 12:47am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster PS. the server is undergoing maintenance after several outages in the last few days/weeks. If you can't access the site, that's the reason why. Try again later then.
Smart Projects - May 8 2013 at 12:50am Copy Link
VLM Oh, just curious, will there be any change in the activation method for the next version?
May 8 2013 at 9:32am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi VLM, no changes planned in that regard no ?
Smart Projects - May 8 2013 at 10:16am Copy Link
Bryan Darby I have several SATA HDDs which have been used with an LG TV as external USB storage which, I am told, uses FAT32 format. What I was not told in advance is that, once the disc is initialised by the TV, all partitions and, therefore, everything previously stored on the disc is lost - except for the TV recordings which can only be played back on the TV.

When connected to the (Windows 8) computer, either internally or via a USB caddy system, they are not listed under ‘Computer’, but they are ‘seen’ by ‘Device Manager’.

Will ISOBuster enable me to recover the many valuable documents etc. that, I’m sure, are still on the drives?
Sep 13 2013 at 4:00am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Bryan,

I suggest you download and install IsoBuster ( and check to see what it finds. This can be done in free mode without a problem.

they are not listed under ‘Computer’, but they are ‘seen’ by ‘Device Manager’.

What do you mean with 'they' ?

Will ISOBuster enable me to recover the many valuable documents etc. that, I’m sure, are still on the drives?

It really depends. I'm not sure what happened to the disc. Everything that was physically overwritten by recordings is lost forever. Sectors that have not been overwritten may still contain files, so they can potentially still be recovered.

At this point I'm not really sure what happened to the disc but it's very likely that some low level quick format took place, changing the partition layout and file-system(s). So it's likely that the old FAT is gone and finding files via FAT may not be possible anymore (file-names, folder structure etc. may be gone forever), so what remains is finding files based on their signature, which is less accurate.

It's probably outside the scope of this public forum to continue this discussion, so contact me here to continue this conversation:
Smart Projects - Sep 13 2013 at 4:11am Copy Link
disenchanted @Bryan,

I normally use both ISOBUSTER and CDROLLER for my optical media/data recoveries.
(But after seeing the upcoming offer, I visited the ISOBUSTER website.
After reading the media types Isobuster works with, I need to re-evaluate the product the next time I have a bad HDD or flash media. ISOBUSTER seems to do a lot more than just optical)
At regular price ISOBUSTER is a good deal for the capabilities it offers. but at the bitsdujour sales price, ISOBUSTER is a no-brainer.

In my "Data recovery toolkit" I have ISOBUSTER, CDroller , several freeware products (like recuva) and most recently, Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro.

For the "hard-core, problematic recovery cases" I tend to use Ontrack most often.
The current version V10 of Ontrack features recovery for:
1. HDD,
2. flash media,
3. optical media,
4. devices with media (like mp3 players and smart phones)
4. RAID (in the "pro" version).
Ontrack's "HD recovery" can recover from these 2 scenarios:
1. deleted HDD
2. formatted HDD

Just my .02 cents.
Good luck.
Sep 13 2013 at 7:54am Copy Link
Amit Does it have most capability to recover data from a bit problematic hard drives too ? or if yes or no then to how much extent ?
Sep 13 2013 at 11:40pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster There is no easy answer to that question. Every 'out of the ordinary' situation is just that ... 'out of the ordinary'. Every situation is unique. I like to think that IsoBuster can deal with all problematic situations yes, which doesn't mean that data is recoverable in all situations. Sometimes it's simply not possible. You need to install the software and find out, using the free mode at least, to see what the software can find. And based on that you can decide to buy or not.
Smart Projects - Sep 14 2013 at 1:37am Copy Link
Walter Meckley does isobuster work on all data files or just photo, video, and music files
Sep 16 2013 at 6:20am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Walter,

It works on ALL files.
Smart Projects - Sep 16 2013 at 6:24am Copy Link
Walter Meckley What's the difference between isobuster and isobuster pro
Sep 16 2013 at 6:51am Copy Link
Nick Kobe Under the "Fine Print" tab there are no comments regarding licensing. Is the license per user, if so, what restrictions are there in the license? Or, is the license per computer? Also, what is the difference, if any, between the personal and professional versions of the software. When files are recovered are they recovered with their original file names or are they given a new non-descriptive file name? Thank you!
Sep 16 2013 at 6:52am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Walter,

You have IsoBuster, which is basically the free functionality and you ave Pro, which is once it's licensed and the key has been entered into the program.
Of the latter are two flavours, [Personal] and [Professional].
Smart Projects - Sep 16 2013 at 7:12am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Nick,

See: and
A license is always for a user but there are differences if used personally or professionally.

IsoBuster does its best to find file systems and deals with all sorts of file system issues to be able to find the filenames and exact locations (tree structure). Only file-systems contain that information, and IsoBuster supports FAT, NTFS, HFS, UDF, ISO9660 and a lot of derivatives.
However, even if no file system data can be found, IsoBuster can still find and recover files based on their signature. Then of course filenames and directory structures are unavailable. When you do a scan, IsoBuster shows you the files it can find using the various methods, so you can still decide which method you use to get to the files.
Smart Projects - Sep 16 2013 at 7:17am Copy Link
Nick Kobe I read the license agreement and in particular the paragraph on the personal licensee. Based on what I read it seems as if you want to use ISO Buster on more then one personal computer you have to move the software from one computer to another. Consequently, that you cannot have it installed on more then one computer at a time. Is that correct? Thank you!
Sep 16 2013 at 8:01am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Nick,

No, you can use on as many PCs as you like, provided YOU're the person working with those PCs. The license is for a person, in case of the Personal license. In case you're a professional, using IsoBuster for professional reasons (Data recovery, Forensics, ...) you need to have a Professional license per person AND PC. I hope this helps ?
Smart Projects - Sep 16 2013 at 2:39pm Copy Link
RS I installed Isobuster (free) on my computer last night, and it identifies two partitions: reserved (hidden) and OS (C:). The contents of the reserved partition is reflected, but the OS partition shows as empty. Clearly, this isn't possible. Any ideas why Isobuster cannot see the contents of C:? I thought perhaps that it might have something to do with the Intel 520 SSD I am using, but then the reserved partition reads properly. I'm stumped.
Sep 17 2013 at 3:27pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi RS, That is strange indeed. How is your main partition formatted ? With what file-system ?
Smart Projects - Sep 18 2013 at 1:07am Copy Link
RS Peter, it's NTFS--the same as the reserved partition. The C: partition reads just fine with Isobuster on my laptop, but not for my desktop. And, if it were something to do with the SSD controller (Sandforce, I believe Intel uses), then the reserved partition would have the same problem. This is very strange.
Sep 18 2013 at 8:22am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster FYI, RS and myself took this one offline. Some screenshots and extra information were enough to understand the problem. I sent him an update which fixes the issue. It's something I fixed a while ago in fact, but it's just not available yet in a public version. The reason was that the MFT file was fragmented (not common, but possible) in the NTFS file system and there was a small bug in IsoBuster that 'forgot' this state. Fixed. Next one please ;)
Smart Projects - Sep 18 2013 at 8:42am Copy Link
Charlesn Can the current version of IsoBuster work with the .tib file extension.? If not will that be an option in the future ?
Mar 5 2014 at 11:47am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi,

No .tib is not supported and future support for it is unlikely.
Smart Projects - Mar 5 2014 at 12:36pm Copy Link
John Terdik what is the difference between the personal and pro?
Mar 5 2014 at 1:16pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi John, see here:
Smart Projects - Mar 5 2014 at 1:18pm Copy Link
John Terdik Thanks Peter - when viewing your site earlier today I was not able to find the page you provided a link for.

I went for the PRO version and now that it is installed and registered, when I right-click on an ISO file I don't see an option to open the ISO file with IsoBuster. Because I currently use other ISO utilities I don't want to default the ISO file to any application.

For those interested there is a good review at
Mar 5 2014 at 1:50pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi John,

If you did not make the association that would indeed be the case.
In that case, try "Open with" and / or "Send to" to do the job.
Smart Projects - Mar 5 2014 at 2:02pm Copy Link
Happy Animal Happy Animal

I currently have Iso Buster Pro - Personal v 3.3 how much to upgrade to Iso Buster Pro - Pro9fessional ?

Mar 5 2014 at 11:21pm Copy Link
J S G'dA Peter, Version 3.x has been around for a fair while and I would like to know:

Q1. Do You intend to keep UPDATiNG version 3 beyond the current version 3.3 up to or towards version 3.9x, before You release VERSION 4.x, OR , Do you have any idea when You will release version 4.x (if ever)?

I couldn't find an answer to this on Your website:

Some companies offer a free upgrade or 'grace period' if a major upgrade is released within for example 60 or 90 days, does SMART PROJECTS offer any such arrangement or is there only a non-negotiable "30% OFF UPGRADE" no matter when a major upgrade is released?

Q2. If version 4 is planned for release sooner (than never), Will PEOPLE who buy TODAY get a FREE UPGRADE to VERSiON 4, or will we have to put our hands into our pockets (for more money) to UPGRADE at 30% OFF quite soon?

Hope you don't mind me asking these questions - J S
Mar 5 2014 at 11:58pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Smart Projects has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 6 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Animal,

There is no such upgrade path from here.

Hi JS,

Absolutely, more 3.x versions will follow.
4.x is not even in the distant planning yet.
It may be years (plural) before that happens.
Smart Projects - Mar 6 2014 at 1:14am Copy Link
Jeremy Bennett Sorry if this is a silly question, but since you can recover removable media such as usb and discs, does this make ISObuster also a great tool to work on usb/esata hard drives? or internal hard drives? I've used other products like ontrack and was not always happy with the results.
Mar 6 2014 at 6:16am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi,

Sure, Hard Drives are supported as well, internal or external.
Smart Projects - Mar 6 2014 at 12:23pm Copy Link
Milan Topolic Can this genious "Busty" also rescue deleted folders including files (with recovery of the original paths and file names) from NAS drives like Synology DiskStation DS213+ directly via network, without having to remove the drive from the NAS ? This feature I have not found yet in any other recovery software.

Thank you
Mar 6 2014 at 11:06pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Smart Projects has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 7 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
Dion Netter I have an LG NAS with dual 4TB drives. A co-worker playing a joke changed my password to access the NAS. He forgot what he changed it to. After I shot him :) I contacted LG to see if there was a way to by-pass this issue. None, they only way is to do a complete reboot of the unit, thus wiping all the data.
The 2 drives mirror each other so I removed one and tried to access it with an external connection. No good.
Will this ISOBuster allow me to recover the data?
Mar 7 2014 at 10:36am Copy Link
John Terdik Milan - I'm not a Isobuster expert thus I cannot directly answer your question. But if it will not do what you need try Runtime Software-GetDataBack for NTFS. Late last year due to a motherboard issue I lost the ability to access my RAID 5. At that time I was not aware of IsoBuster and the only application I found that would access the damage RAID and recover the data was GetDataBack for NTFS. I suggest that you give both a try and post the results.
Mar 7 2014 at 1:13pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Milan,

What you suggest is not possible, not with any software.
The reason is that software needs direct access to the medium, to read blocks and interpret the file-system data etc.
Data exchanged over the network is on a much higher level. The OS requests file and folder information over the network, which is then provided by the network drive. But there is no way to request raw blocks to do the interpretation and 'extraction'. The network drive may store the information using a proprietary file-system format, or a linux format that the OS doesn't known nor support, but the file/folder exchange is on a higher level that both the OS and network drive support.
Smart Projects - Mar 7 2014 at 2:37pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dion,

I don't know whether the password is used to encrypt the data. If it is encrypted then I fear the worst, with any software.

If not then I suspect the NAS drive uses a file system that IsoBuster doesn't support (probably not FAT nor NTFS) and the last resort, finding files based on their signature, is good for finding photo's back etc. but I suspect it will not do what you need, namely find everything back with its proper name, correct folder hierarchy etc.
Smart Projects - Mar 7 2014 at 2:40pm Copy Link
Milan Topolic John Terdik,

thanks for the suggestion. I own Runtime Software GetDataBack for NTFS for quite a time already. It is perfect for unformatting hdds, but unfortunately it can not recover ext4 formatted NAS drives. Neither via network, nor connected as a local drive. Runtime Software have a NAS Data Recovery V2.20 software, but it does not support Synology, but just XFS- or EXT2FS-formatted NAS devices.
Mar 7 2014 at 11:15pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Milan,

IsoBuster doesn't support any linux file systems (yet) so no ext and xfs.
It will find data back based on the file signatures but then you don't have file names and folder structure. I can't help you more in this regard.
Smart Projects - Mar 8 2014 at 1:28am Copy Link
VLM What is the current version, and is that the version offered in this promotion? Thank you!
Jan 4 2015 at 12:25pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi, current version is 3.5 and yes, this promotion is for all 3.x versions.
Smart Projects - Jan 4 2015 at 12:51pm Copy Link
Greg Z Is this bundled with Conduit Toolbar? I tried looking around but all I found were pages and pages of misleading info.Thanks in advance for any help.
Jan 5 2015 at 12:14am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Greg, no, no toolbars nor anything else. Only IsoBuster.
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 12:31am Copy Link
Atul Kalia Conduit bars and hijacking came with isobuster has ruined my systems before.
Jan 5 2015 at 5:42am Copy Link
Hans-Peter Guttmann Question about data-recovery from Flash Drives: Can IsoBuster access a Flash Drive Windows reports 'has malfunctioned and cannot recognize'? In other words, the flash drive does not appear in 'This PC' nor in 'Disk Manager'.
Jan 5 2015 at 6:06am Copy Link
disenchanted Maybe I missed it, but what is the licensing on this software?

1 desktop and 1 laptop, if not used concurrently?
Or just 1 computer ?
Jan 5 2015 at 7:02am Copy Link
Cary Adams @Greg Z... no toolbars, but unless things have changed recently, this does install an unrelated program that interferes with your file associations, which, if you are careful, you can avoid installing during Isobuster installation. This always seemed a bit cheesy to me. Why do you do that Peter?
Jan 5 2015 at 7:21am Copy Link
Mark User What is the difference between the regular program and the pro version?
Jan 5 2015 at 1:14pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Cary, Greg, Atul, *Nothing* is bundled !!!

Quite some time ago already (ended in 2013) I used to bundle an IsoBuster branded Conduit toolbar because it made sense to do, everybody did it. I had the toolbar installed on my own systems and was happy with it, it added (some) value and it generated (some) revenue. Over time Conduit became more aggressive and since they had a great level of control over every installation they could affect things. I stopped working with them because of that.

I also bundled Smart File Advisor for a while. Not anymore. Not because I don't like it (it's still installed on all my systems - and I like it) but because virus scanners have gone nuts lately after the whole toolbar fiasco. They should have dealt with the toolbar situation a lot better (they were in bed with Conduit) and now they want to make up for their mistakes by going over board on anything else that is bundled, how harmless it may be. @Cary, it doesn't affect your file associations, it is also completely non intrusive, it merely starts when you double click a file that is NOT associated with anything and suggests to look up for you what program may open the 'unknown file type' you just double clicked. I still like the idea, I wish I made it myself, in fact I'm still toying with something similar in my head, since I have a lot of that recognition stuff built in IsoBuster/
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 1:16pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Mark user, see:
@disenchanted, see:
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 1:17pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Hans-Peter, IsoBuster does low level access bit still needs the device drivers to get the commands to the drive. So if Windows cannot communicate with the device, software (any software) can't either.

This is always true btw, there is no magic involved. When the hardware is not working software can only do so much, ultimately the hardware must be able to return the data.
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 1:19pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster As always I will use this forum to do some shameless social media promoting:

Please like IsoBuster's page on FaceBook:
and / or:

Follow IsoBuster on Google+

Also check out:

That's enough marketing for today ;) back to tech business now.
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 4:53pm Copy Link
Greg Z Thank you clarifying Peter it was much appreciated and made the purchase an easier task. I can confirm as I've just purchased, installed, registered and fired the program up everything went very smoothly and the default installation settings were all set to off in terms of file associations and even the update preferences were all set to prompt. I'm very pleased with the product so far and feel well prepared if I need to recover anything. This was my first purchase with BitsDujour too and I'm fairly sure it's one of many I'm very happy I stumbled upon this site tbh.
Jan 5 2015 at 4:56pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Good to hear Greg !
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 5:01pm Copy Link
Cary Adams @Peter... Yes, it WAS Smart File Advisor I spoke of.

It drove me crazy trying to figure out how that program slipped unnoticed onto my PC. When I install purchased software, I expect that the install will be free of additional software that I never intended to install. I expect those things of demos and shareware, but purchased software should be clean and free of unexpected "bonus" programs. Glad to see that you've now excluded that from Isobuster.
Jan 5 2015 at 8:10pm Copy Link
Tony Haynes The naming system is a little odd:

PRO (personal)
PRO (Professional)

- I always assumed that 'PRO' stood for professional....
Jan 5 2015 at 11:16pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Indeed, it's a bit odd. PRO was originally used to indicate the purchased / licensed version vs. the free / trial version.
Smart Projects - Jan 5 2015 at 11:19pm Copy Link
Garry Camps whats the difference between personal and professional versions
Jul 21 2015 at 3:29am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi, see:
Smart Projects - Jul 21 2015 at 3:33am Copy Link
Garry Camps whats the update / upgrade policy
Jul 21 2015 at 3:39am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Free upgrades in the major version range (3.x). No forced upgrade to 4.x (when that happens - not yet in sight), but opportunity to upgrade to 4.x with a discount.
Smart Projects - Jul 21 2015 at 3:45am Copy Link
Garry Camps reading from older comments, you said that pro versions are tied to certain computers but you also said the other version (i assume personal) can be used on multiple computers, which version is tied and which is not ?
Jul 21 2015 at 3:58am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster See:
Basically, if for personal use, you can use more than one PC (provided you're the only user). If for Professional use, you're limited to a per-PC-user license.
Smart Projects - Jul 21 2015 at 4:06am Copy Link
disenchanted This offer came at a great time.
Thanks Peter.
Jul 21 2015 at 6:58pm Copy Link
Lee H Peter: For the small additional cost I'd like to purchase the Professional version. But it's only going to be for personal use. Does that mean I have to purchase multiple licenses to use it on my own personal computers (5 computers at the present time)?
Jul 22 2015 at 6:48am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Lee H, No problem. I distinguish between personal use and professional use. But it makes sense to have a Professional license for personal use, and use it under the personal-use conditions. If companies buy the Personal license, which they can, the Professional-use code of conduct is required on the other hand.
I hope this helps ?
Smart Projects - Jul 22 2015 at 6:52am Copy Link
pw3000 I purchased Isobuster in 2012.

Great piece of software, works well and does everything I expected.
The customer service provided by Peter has been excellent,
I wish all software companies were like his.

You can by from his company with confidence.
Thank you Peter,

Feb 20 2016 at 7:28pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks pw3000 for the nice comment !!!
Smart Projects - Feb 20 2016 at 10:11pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Smart Projects has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 21 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
Mark Cornelius What is the basic difference between regular and pro versions?
Feb 21 2016 at 2:07am Copy Link
Sputnik @ Mark Cornelius

You will see the differences on this website :
Feb 21 2016 at 5:14am Copy Link
Jim Peinkofer Can Isobuster access damaged external hard drives that aren't recognized on PCs?
Feb 21 2016 at 5:33am Copy Link
J Hello Peter,

When do you plan on releasing version 4?

Since the current version is 3.7, would purchases made today qualify for a free upgrade to version 4 upon its release?

Thank you.
Feb 21 2016 at 11:09am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks for the help @Sputnik

No I'm afraid that is not possible. At the very least the hardware needs to detect that there is a hard drive attached. Otherwise software has no means to talk to the hardware. Windows needs to detect that there is a hard drive. It may see a raw drive without partitioning or file systems, all that is not a problem for IsoBuster, but it must at least find the drive, so that IsoBuster can send commands to it as it tries to find the data.

I hope this helps ?
Smart Projects - Feb 21 2016 at 12:20pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @J
Version 4 is nowhere in sight yet. No plans for version 4 exist yet, so it may still take quite some time. No commitments for free upgrades to the next major version are made. It's too far ahead in time.

I hope this helps ?
Smart Projects - Feb 21 2016 at 12:21pm Copy Link
Sputnik @ Jim Peinkofer

Hi Jim. Maybe the problem is not with the external hard drive itself but with the hardware or pilots of the external case itself.

You should take the chance to withdraw this external hard drive from its external case and install this drive directly inside your computer : maybe it will be recognized by the OS.
Feb 21 2016 at 12:54pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @sputnik, sounds like a good idea !
Smart Projects - Feb 21 2016 at 1:04pm Copy Link
Sputnik @ Peter Van Hove

That is what I thought when I had this idea... ;-)

Maybe that's not the solution to his problem but he gets nothing to loose to try this.
Feb 21 2016 at 1:09pm Copy Link
Alex I own a license - very highly recommended. It recovered my data when I needed it.
Sep 2 2016 at 1:50am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks for the nice comment Alex
Smart Projects - Sep 2 2016 at 2:46am Copy Link
Ela S. Know the program from the old days when all backups have be burnt on CD-ROMs and DVDs. Saved my life several times with CDs and deep scratches, really recovered very well.

1. Now when we have to learn that those old data media will loose storage capacity after ca 10 years, will IsoBuster be able to restore those old CDs and DVDs as well? (Just in case - we re-backup those media on a regular base, but still have thousands of Backup-CDs and DVDs)

2. Some of us might still remember those ZIP 100 100MB disk run under Win XP. Could IsoBuster recover those as well? Just to confirm, I have meanwhile seen the formats here which would really cover everthing:

3. Great to learn that IsoBuster now works with Win 10 and Flash drives, SD cards and external USB HDDs as well. Suppose that it will do the same good job with this constellation, so there is no more need to have other restore programs?
Sep 2 2016 at 12:30pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster That is correct Ela. It works with all those formats and media as well. As for the CD DVD backups, I strongly suggest you back up to different media or in the cloud. In 10 years time you won't find a reader anymore to read them.
Smart Projects - Sep 2 2016 at 11:23pm Copy Link
Bert Lebbing This is a good deal.
It makes me very need for an illegal version.
Sep 3 2016 at 1:36am Copy Link
Caveman Could you tell me how is the license policy? One year free upgrade? major versions? lifetime?
Thank you.
Sep 3 2016 at 10:51am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi Santos,

The license doesn't expire. Free upgrades in a major version range. Discounts when upgrading to a new major version range. I hope this helps?
Smart Projects - Sep 3 2016 at 10:59am Copy Link
Caveman Yes, sure, that was what I was asking for. Thanks.
Sep 3 2016 at 11:05am Copy Link
Flavius CRISTE A long time user here, highly recommended! I am using a personal license but I still consider upgrading to the professional version. C'mon people, the right time to buy your license is now!
Sep 4 2016 at 1:56am Copy Link
First I bought ISOBuster Personal last night. I'm delighted with it, but, from my initial playing around, I now realise that I should have gone with the Professional version.

Rather than going through a messy cancellation/refund/reorder process, would it be possible for me to pay the difference between the two versions and so obtain the Professional license?

(I had already sent this request to your website, but from the acknowledgement, I see that it may be office hours only, hence this duplication.)

Sep 4 2016 at 2:13am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thanks for the nice comments Flavious
Smart Projects - Sep 4 2016 at 3:25am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @First. I'm currently vacationing for a well deserved week if I may say so myself :) Currently responding from a hotspot in a restaurant in Crete.
What you ask is not that simple especially with the discounts in place. If you can wait a week I'll look into it when I'm back. I can't set it up right now. I prefer no refund and new purchase since all transactions cost money back and forth. After discount and BDJ commission there is not much left
Smart Projects - Sep 4 2016 at 3:40am Copy Link
First Thanks, Peter (you lucky man!).

If you're happy to allow me to upgrade for the offer difference of $10 then I'm quite happy to wait until you're sufficiently tanned!

Sep 4 2016 at 10:30am Copy Link
Myrna Larson Re Ela S's comment about CDs losing storage capacity after ~10 years:

That has not been my experience. Way back in 2001, 15 years ago now , I began copying my irreplaceable LPs to CD. I did about 500 LPs, for myself and friends. I've yet to find a CD that's unreadable 12-15 years later. They're all just as good as the day I burned them!

But I don't doubt this program will be a godsend for a disk that's scratched, etc.
Sep 4 2016 at 11:42am Copy Link
thecableguy Is it correct that there would be no free upgrade to version 4.x?
Sep 4 2016 at 1:09pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Myrna - Good for you. A good writer and good media and above all, media that is optimally supported by your drive will do that. The problem is that a write may be far more marginal than you suspect and after a few years of ever so slight degradation quality may be pushed over the edge of what your drive can still read and correct.
Smart Projects - Sep 4 2016 at 10:59pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey)
That is correct. This is a 3.x license.
Smart Projects - Sep 4 2016 at 11:18pm Copy Link
Carra Bussa ?? Did I miss the half-off sale? It shows on this page for $40 now while it USED to say coming soon at $20, which is also what Google cache still says. (So see, I'm not crazy! :-) ) But I didn't see any actual sale.

Just checking, thanks.
Mar 13 2017 at 2:05am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Sorry Carra Bussa, the promotion got cancelled last minute and no new date has been set yet.

Contact me: for specifics please.
Smart Projects - Mar 15 2017 at 7:39pm Copy Link
Chuck Judging by the software updates and fairly predictable update schedule, it appears there may be a version 4.0 this summer. Anyone from Smart Projects care to comment/clarify?
Apr 3 2017 at 3:06am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Chuck,

Upgrades to 4.x will be free for people buying a license here and now !
I hope that takes away any doubts !
Smart Projects - Apr 3 2017 at 3:53am Copy Link
Bill Wallace Kudos for the massive amount of data on your website! Very informative.

If I read your website right, it looks like this tool supports mac osx - meaning it can recover an osx drive?
Apr 3 2017 at 6:10am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Dear Bill,

IsoBuster is Windows software and will only run, natively, on a Windows OS. Unless you jump through some hoops:

However it does support the typical Mac file systems HFS and HFS+
So if a drive is formatted with either one of those file systems, IsoBuster can get to that data too.
Smart Projects - Apr 3 2017 at 2:03pm Copy Link
Emoh User I'm user since last August sale (I think it was). The software is cream! Saved my collection of optical discs to HDDs, without a problem. Totally recomended.

It's a pity for me not to have lifetime updates or free update for the last sale customers. Anyway, Isobuster is dope!
Apr 4 2017 at 7:04am Copy Link
Tony Jacobson I performed a surface scan on a DVD, and IsoBuster found one file with erroneous sectors. Does that mean the file is unreadable, or will the purchased version try to recover the file?
Apr 4 2017 at 8:55am Copy Link
Stephen Warkentien Please compare the persona and private versions.
Apr 4 2017 at 12:24pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Good to hear @Emoh
Contact me when the time comes and I'll try to give you a good deal.

@Tony, the file is indeed unreadable, at least with the drive you're using now. The purchased version doesn't change that. My best advice is to try a few more drives because not all drives behave the same on troublesome media and some may still be able to read what your current drive cannot.
To continue this conversation feel free to contact me:

@Stephen, you mean this: ?
Smart Projects - Apr 4 2017 at 4:10pm Copy Link
Retired Engineer What are the differences between the Personal version and the Pro version? If in table, please direct me to it.
Apr 4 2017 at 4:37pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi @Retired Engineer, see the link I posted in previous comment:
Smart Projects - Apr 4 2017 at 5:03pm Copy Link
Emoh User @Peter Van Hover. Thank you, that's so nice! :)
Apr 5 2017 at 4:25am Copy Link
Keith Sheppard hi, why is the software offering to upgrade personal to pro in the menus when I paid for pro ?

Apr 6 2017 at 3:30am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Keith,
Can you restart IsoBuster please and check again.
Smart Projects - Apr 6 2017 at 4:33am Copy Link
Matt Hi Peter,

Thank you for your willingness to offer free upgrades to 4.x for today's purchasers!

Even though I'm a registered 3.x user, I will purchase another 3.x license today in order to qualify for the 'free' 4.x upgrade upon its release.

Thanks again!
Apr 6 2017 at 6:43am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thank you all !
For those who haven't already, please like IsoBuster on FaceBook:
Smart Projects - Apr 6 2017 at 2:19pm Copy Link
Keith Sheppard all good.. thanks Peter !
Apr 6 2017 at 2:28pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi All,

IsoBuster 4.0 was released just now:

People who bought a license during the last BDJ campaign are entitled to a free upgrade. You will get an email in the next few days with a link OR you can already install IsoBuster over your current installation, and follow the upgrade link (which will result in the same).

All the best, signing off for today.
Smart Projects - Jun 27 2017 at 3:29pm Copy Link
GC Is a new sale planned ?

Sep 11 2017 at 9:32am Copy Link
Mappi75 Next deal when ?
Sep 29 2017 at 8:15am Copy Link
Lupke Brother @Peter aka Isobuster

Hi Peter, it is cheaper to buy a new Isobuster Pro Personal license here instead of upgrading from v3 to v4? Am I right?
Apr 24 2018 at 12:19am Copy Link
Michael Oppel @Lupke Brother
It looks like it is cheaper to buy a new Isobuster Pro Personal license here instead of upgrading from v3 to v4 for $27.96 at them directly. The difference is bigger at upgrading to Isobuster Pro Professional v4 license. There we are at $41.96.
So take a new license here instead of upgrading.
Apr 24 2018 at 3:20am Copy Link
Robert Crombie Many times Windows cannot even 'see' the damaged drives, which makes accessing data on them impossible.
Can this program make a bootable OS that is better able to 'see' the damaged drives ?
Apr 24 2018 at 8:11am Copy Link
MBe What's new compared to the old version 3.9
Apr 24 2018 at 8:40am Copy Link
Apr 24 2018 at 9:40am Copy Link
Tortuga @Peter Van Hove, Hello :)

Could you please post the link to download v4.0beta?
The beta version link, links to a newer v4.1 beta, I looked, couldn't find the older one.
I am unable to purchase at this time, but at least I could see the newer features from v4.0 beta, with my RegKey. :)

Or, maybe a kind BdJer here has a link for that version ...?!
Seems the Dev is not responding at any of the queries. :(

ANY help would be MUCH appreciated !!
Apr 24 2018 at 12:40pm Copy Link
Flo @Tortuga

You could google and find this for example:

Never used these installers myself, so use at your own risk. :-)
Apr 24 2018 at 1:28pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Hi All,

Travelling at the moment, so hard to follow up as new messages are posted but I see that others are posting answers, which is great.

Quickly a few answers before I have to run ...

About Windows not seeing drives.
It does indeed stop there. If the low level drivers are unable to see the drive, software, any software, is unable to communicate with the drive.
If the drivers fail at that level it is usually the hardware that fails to communicate however and not so much the device driver.
So I'm afraid it then becomes a hardware problem that can only be solved in a data recovery lab

Differences between versions can always be checked by reading the release notes for the versions and versions inbetween:

Betas expire. 4.0 beta has long expired. It will not run anymore. There's also no point using that version tbh. You should use 4.1. Also 4.2 is due in June.

have to run ...
cheers ...
Smart Projects - Apr 24 2018 at 2:40pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Flo, Hello :)
So kind of you !!! Thank you VERY much :)
Indeed, I should hv Googled!! Tired brain *sigh*
Yes, I know that site, should be safe. Will dwld & scan it !!, twice ;)

@Peter Van Hove
What do you mean 'Betas expire' ??!
On the changelog page, it states v4.0 beta is the *last* that works with our v3 RegKey. So, why/how can it expire? Sorry, I'm confused ...

Enjoy your travels !
Apr 24 2018 at 3:22pm Copy Link
disenchanted Thanks for offering this software again.

Regarding the differences between regular and pro


1. Is the PRO version more geared toward forensic use, like file carving and such?

2. Is licensing on the regular and the pro version only one computer [desktop or laptop]?

3. Or does it allow for 1 install on both a single desktop and a single laptop; as long as only 1 instance is open at a time?
[I did not notice any indication in the FINE PRINT section above].
Apr 24 2018 at 4:10pm Copy Link
Caveman I cannot recommend enough IsoBuster. Peter, its developer, is great guy always there to solve any issue. Great product! 100% recommended! :)
Apr 25 2018 at 2:23am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Tortuga
Beta versions are temporary test versions, for which people can provide feedback, report bugs, do translations etc. They are typically released 2-3 weeks before the final version is released and expire not long after.
When 4.0 beta was released it still accepted the 3.x key so that people with an older key could test drive it if they so wanted. That is all.

1. Correct, although it provides great additional value and tools to anyone frankly.
2. Pls see:
3. It's not about the instance, it's about the install, but if for personal use there is no issue.

Thank you ! Appreciated.
Smart Projects - Apr 25 2018 at 3:11am Copy Link
Mappi75 On how many pc's can i use the pro version?


Apr 25 2018 at 8:45am Copy Link
Tortuga @Peter Van Hove Hello :)

Thank you for your reply.
It's a pity though. I thought I could at least use the 1st version of the new 'generation' w my v3 RegKey ...
Sniff ;(

Question: Is there an *official* Portable version available?
If not, can you consider doing it? Can't find it on the company's site, though there are free Portable versions available on several sites.
For data recovery, Portable is always much more convenient !

Apr 25 2018 at 9:10am Copy Link
Christopher User Is the trial version functional for testing purposes? Thanks
Apr 25 2018 at 3:08pm Copy Link
Chris @Christopher User

IsoBuster License models:
Apr 25 2018 at 3:48pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Tortuga,
Sorry, currently no plans to make a portable version due to the licensing scheme.

@Christopher User
Indeed see the link @Chris posted. It should explain.

@Unknown, please see here:

Smart Projects - Apr 26 2018 at 3:43am Copy Link
Christopher User Thank you. :)
Apr 26 2018 at 2:51pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster You're welcome @Christopher
Smart Projects - Apr 26 2018 at 5:42pm Copy Link
Christian User What does this do that TestDisk and PhotoRec can't? I get that you can extract image formats, but can you edit them? I can use 7-Zip to unzip iso files.
Oct 5 2018 at 7:51am Copy Link
Allan User It works.

Just bought the pro version to support the dev.

I just happen to have 2 4tb USB drives that can't be seen by several computers.
Installed the software and registered it. Attached drive 1 of the 2 and ISObuster sees the drive :) I transferred a few small files to the computer's C: and they play and view just fine. Next I added a 3rd 4tb usb drive and am currently having ISObuster copy the files to this 3rd drive :)

The Pro version adds the following (according to the above page):

High Tech and priority support
Close inspection, Extraction etc. of individual extents of a file (files consisting of more than one piece)
Defining your own files (start, offset, length, extents,...) and Extraction, viewing etc. of these files
Show (and extract) UDF named streams as separate files
Show (and extract) NTFS named streams as separate files
Custom Read remapping
Managed (IBP / IBQ) Image file Engineering dialoguewith powerful features such as retrying certain areas, completion of a range etc.
Managed (IBP / IBQ) Image file completion on demand, by reading only the sectors that are required for whatever action your or the software triggers
Allow to complete a Managed (IBP / IBQ) Image file from media of which the layout doesn't fully match, but the risk is manageable
Allow to complete a Managed (IBP / IBQ) Image file from another non-managed image file
Future technical analysis related functionality (comparable to the technical features that deal with extended attributes and resource forks etc., things not needed for normal recovery, only for experts)
Oct 5 2018 at 10:17am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster I honestly don't understand the point of your post ?
For every problem there are always several solutions. Some better, some not.
Often there is overlap, and often different apps have different strengths that the others don't have. IsoBuster is good, very good in fact, if I may say so myself, and a lot of experts seem to agree with me. While there is overlap there are also plenty of differences. IsoBuster's feature list is huge. People buying IsoBuster usually know what they're getting through research or word of mouth. And of course there's stellar support.
Smart Projects - Oct 5 2018 at 10:20am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Christian IsoBuster is not an editor no. It does data recovery.
Smart Projects - Oct 5 2018 at 12:37pm Copy Link
KimY One of my favorite Album is playable, but failed to rip to .flac with EAC & dpPowerAmp. isoBuster trial was able to recover to .wav files. If we were to buy isoBuster Professional, any hope of recovering .iso image to burn a backup copy to CD? Thank you.
Oct 5 2018 at 5:31pm Copy Link
Christian User Hi Peter,

The point of my post is very simple I may be interested in buying your program, but don't want to buy something that doesn't bring distinct features from the tools I already utilize. Can you add/remove and update files within an ISO and or .img file? Is there any built in facility to take files and make a bootable CD?

Oct 5 2018 at 6:56pm Copy Link
KimY @Christian Checkout
Oct 5 2018 at 7:11pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @christian, what you seem to need is an ISO editor. There are plenty out there. Not data recovery software. IsoBuster is the latter.
Smart Projects - Oct 6 2018 at 1:24am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @KimY I'm confused to be honest.

Good to hear you could extract wave files of your audio.
But are you saying that making an ISO of the entire CD does not work ?
Or ... what am I missing ?

Feel free to send an email to with screenshots etc. Anything that may help me help you.
This forum is obviously not meant for in debt support.
Smart Projects - Oct 6 2018 at 1:29am Copy Link
IM User Is this software able to recover files from a HDD that is physically damaged (vs. corrupted)? I've tried several other products, but was unable to rescue my lost photos successfully.
Oct 6 2018 at 6:20am Copy Link
Mappi75 Very good software for recovery files.
I got better results than EaseUs software.

A 1 User license for all pc's would be great,
thats why i bought 2 times the pro version.

1 license is for 2 pc's.
Oct 6 2018 at 9:40am Copy Link
KimY @Peter Van Hove, Yes, thanks to isoBuster was able to extract all tracks to .wav files (isoBuster Trial does not support extracting CD to .iso). Was hoping to be able to extract flawed CD to error-free .iso file. ImgBurn was able to create an exact flawed (un-ripable) .iso image.
Oct 6 2018 at 10:23am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @IM The software talks to the hardware to try and get all data but if the hardware ultimately fails, then software, any software, can only do so much.
If the drive is physically damaged to the point that it refuses to read, then this software, and any software, will not be able to help.
In that case you need to send the HD to a recovery lab where they can try to fix the hardware (if possible).
Smart Projects - Oct 6 2018 at 12:12pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @KimY Yes it does. You can extract a CD to ISO in trial mode.
Smart Projects - Oct 6 2018 at 12:13pm Copy Link
KimY @Peter Van Hove OK, isoBuster was able to extract flawed CD to .iso. However, "Couldn't Mount File", "The disc image file is corrupted". Bummer!
Oct 6 2018 at 2:37pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @KimY If you could extract the wave files, you can extract an ISO (the wave files are basically parts of the ISO). And if the wave files were not corrupt, the ISO is neither.

An audio CD has no file system. An audio track is just that, a track and an audio CD contains x amount of audio tracks. And that sort of information is not stored in the user data area of a CD, so also not in the image file (ISO). So CUE files are used to store the track information. If you created a CUE alongside the ISO, an application will know where the tracks are located.
You then need to load the image via the CUE file (for instance in the image mounting solution you use) and it will know 1) that it's an audio CD (so it won't say the file is corrupt) 2) where the tracks are located inside the image.
Smart Projects - Oct 7 2018 at 2:25am Copy Link
MBe Upgrade Price from Personal v4 to Pro v4?
Apr 2 2019 at 9:11am Copy Link
Ela S. Hallo,

Just bought the new version 4.3. Pro to manage our back-up CDs / DVDs from Windows 95 up to Win 7.

CDs / DVDs have been burnt in different laptops / notebooks with integrated burners and different burning programs: Win 95 - Vista - Win 7. In addition, an older external CD / DVD burner is available.

How is the best way to safeguard all those CD-/DVD-ROMs? On which system should I install the IsoBuster program?

I know that those burnt in Win 95 couldn't be read in Vista and later.

Thanks for your help and regards

Ela S.
Apr 2 2019 at 12:21pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Mbe

The difference in cost between the two (normally priced) products.

@Ela S

Personally I would backup everything up to RAID configured hard drives and in the cloud. Any system, preferably a modern one (WinXP - Win10) will do. If the disc quality has degraded much to the point where data is becoming physically unreadable by your drive(s) you may need to find the system (actually drive) that works best on them.

Sorry you're disappointed Ela S. I'm not glued to my PC. And yet nowhere else do you get support this fast.
Smart Projects - Apr 2 2019 at 3:09pm Copy Link
Jerry Voletto What's the difference between this product and the Pro version? I am thinking of buying the Pro version, if it has more features that I can use. I have a copy of "dead" hard drives and I really need to recover them. I hear the drives spinning but I can not read them. Would this product (Pro) help?
Apr 3 2019 at 7:38am Copy Link
Ela S. @Peter aka IsoBuster

Thanks for your answer. 2nd comment was a protest against the system, not you personally. Wasn't aware that comment approval depends on the developer's answer. Appreciate your endless work for years.

My question is on which system I should install Isobuster now? Those CDs / DVDs burnt with Win 95 on the Win 95 computer, those with Vista on the Vista computer, burnt with Win 7 on the Win 7 computer?

Or will one installation on my latest Win 7 computer recover all those previous versions burnt?
Apr 3 2019 at 1:02pm Copy Link
Flavius CRISTE I just bought it 'cause I had an older version. This is the RIGHT MOMENT people! You only pay half the price for your piece of mind. You simply won't regret!
Apr 3 2019 at 2:20pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Jerry

About your drive(s). That's hard to say from your explanation. If it's a hardware problem then probably not. But you should try it, perhaps first in free mode, to see what IsoBuster sees.
Checking W2K drives on a W10 system with IsoBuster should not be a problem.
Smart Projects - Apr 3 2019 at 3:05pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @ Ela S

Thanks and sorry for my perhaps testy response.
Personally I would install on my latest and greatest system and look at the CDs there. IsoBuster doesn't care on what system the discs were originally created.
Smart Projects - Apr 3 2019 at 3:08pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thank you @Flavius C
Smart Projects - Apr 3 2019 at 3:08pm Copy Link
Flavius CRISTE I need to thank you Peter for all your hard work you're putting in creating such a powerful tool!
Apr 3 2019 at 3:21pm Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster Thank you @Flavius, very much appreciated.
Smart Projects - Apr 3 2019 at 3:57pm Copy Link
Martyn User What is the difference between personal and professional versions on offer today
Sep 28 2019 at 12:56am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Martyn, see if this helps:
Smart Projects - Sep 28 2019 at 2:09am Copy Link
Eric IS IsoBuster licensed per User or per PC? If the latter, on how many PCs may it be installed?
Aug 22 2020 at 1:12am Copy Link
Peter aka IsoBuster @Eric, Per User for *Personal use* (whether you have a Personal license or Professional license). If you are using it for personal use only, you can install it on multiple PCs.
If you use is for professional reasons you need a license per PC *but* this sale is prohibited for professional use ! Professionals can not shop here.
Also fyi:
Smart Projects - Aug 22 2020 at 2:24am Copy Link
Eric Thanks Peter!

Actually, I do have several paid licenses on my PCs: all for my personal use :)

For some reason, at the time I purchased them (years ago) I thought I needed one per PC ... And as I have a new PC now, the question popped up.

Keep on the great work and keep safe,

Aug 22 2020 at 3:39am Copy Link

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